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Question No. 669
Category The Nations
Date Posted 17 Jan 2005
The Question In regard to the question about killing Amalek (Question No. 638) can it be explained that even though the baby didnt do anything wrong and its so cute with its blond hair and blue eyes, one day it will grow up to be Nazi, Germany? —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 655
Category The Nations
Date Posted 9 Jan 2005
The Question Iv heared many interesting stories of religious cult leaders, such as the Dali Lama, shinto/shaolin monks in the far east, that when they disscuss Jews or Judaism, they say things like "Jews keep the world running" or "Judaism is the right religion, why settle for silver when you can have gold". Is there anything in Judaism that has been written to achknowledge this by Rabbonim or anything that has refered to such a thing in ancient scriptures. Thank you. —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 638
Category The Nations
Date Posted 30 Dec 2004
The Question How are we able to understand the obligation to destroy Amalek, knowing that this includes infants that have not had a chance to express their bechira yet? What did they do to deserve death? —Asher K., Bayit Vagan
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Question No. 531
Category The Nations
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question Does Hashem hear the prayers of non-Jews the same way He hears Jews' prayers? Anonymous, Philippines
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Question No. 522
Category The Nations
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question Hello. I am familiar with the role, both historically and present, that b'nei Esav and b'nei Ishmael play in the world, but what about other major populations - such as Asians, who represent a large percentage of the population. What is the Torah viewpoint regarding the roles that some of these other major nations play historically, today, and in the future? Thank you. Anonmyous, Florida
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Question No. 503
Category The Nations
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I have two questions: 1. I know that the Islam and the Christianity are untrue religions. My question is how gentiles believe in it when they actually know it's untrue. After all they have no proofs that it was given by Hashem, so how can they live this way especially when it obligates them to observe their commandments? 2. How can a gentile become a Jew after the conversion process if there is a difference between the soul of the Jew and the soul of the gentile? Thank you! Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 462
Category The Nations
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question I've read about selling tzitzit to goyim on a website pertaining to the laws of tzitzit.  The saying went like this "lest he (goy) put it on and thereby, by gaining the confidence of some Jew, lure him to his death."  What does that mean?  Would a goy wear tzitzit for ulterior, evil motives?  Thank you for your time. Ari H., Calgary, Canada
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Question No. 459
Category The Nations
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question My question is what is the Jewish outlook on the nation of Amalek nowadays? How can we, the Jewish people, feel that we have been wronged by the Nazis Y"SH and their goal to exterminate the Jewish people? Aren't we as Jews required by the Torah to annihilate Amalek. Furthermore, the Torah goes as father as to command us to kill every single mother and child, regardless of age. Although we don't know who Amalek is nowadays, if we did know, do we still hold them accountable for the sins of their fathers over 2,500 years ago and seek to destroy them? An answer would be greatly appreciated. Barry, New York
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Question No. 348
Category The Nations
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I have a non-Jewish friend who is unaffiliated to any religion however has always looked to Judaism in search of truths. He has been asking me recently (via email) if I could explain the role of the Non-Jew in the eyes of Judaism both in this world and in Olam HaBa. Could you please clarify and give me guidelines as to what areas I am permitted to answer him in. Thanks Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 342
Category The Nations
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the Jewish belief on the christian concept of lucifer being the angle of music who fell from grace, challenged G-d and became the satan? Tracey Limebeer, Glenhazel, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Question No. 314
Category The Nations
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question How are we supposed to relate to reshaim, for example, Nazis, Arab/Moslem terrorists, etc.? On the one hand, all people are supposedly created b’tzelem Elokim, but on the other hand, these creatures seem to have lost their tzelem Elokim. Is there a point at which we are supposed to stop davening for them to do Teshuva and to be happy when they die, or are we supposed to always daven for them? Are we supposed to be happy that they are burning in Gehennom, or are we supposed to be sad? Thank you. Yair, Raanana
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Question No. 281
Category The Nations
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I am in regular contact with communities of observant Bnei Noah -- Gentiles who strive to keep the Torah as it pertains to them. Many of them honor the Sabbath Day in some fashion, in accordance with the suggestions and limitations set by Orthodox rabbis who guide them. Some light candles and would like to say a variation of the prayer that is customarily said by Jews: May it be Your will, Hashem, G-d of Israel, and G-d of all Humanity, that You show favour to me [my husband, my sons, my daughters, my father, my mother] and all my relatives; and that You grant us a long and good life; that You remember us with a beneficent memory and blessing; that You consider us with a consideration of salvation and compassion; that You bless us with great blessings; that You make our household complete; and that You cause Your presence to dwell among us. Our question is, is the last phrase okay, or is the specific idea of the Divine Presence dwelling among us more appropriate to Jews. Also, what does it mean, "make our households complete" (tashlim bateinu)? Aside: If the rav wants, he can answer some or all of this question privately to me. I just thought it was an interesting question for the website and I also wanted non-Jews who see the site to know that their are Noahides around the world who they can make contact with. Shlomo Zalman Jessel Matityahu
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Question No. 240
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Does Christianity fall under the category of avodah zara (idol worhip)? Is a decent but believing Christian to be considered a nochri or a ben Noach? Anonymous, Boston, MA
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Question No. 235
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Thank you for the answer to my question on Eliyahu HaNavi. Why is it that goyim do not listen to the 7 laws HaShem gave Noach? Thank you. Noach Eliezer Strassberg, Monsey, NY
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Question No. 231
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Since one of the Seven Noachide Laws is the prohibition against worshipping idols, does that mean that hundreds of millions of people who subscribe to Far Eastern and tribal religions that worship idols, who are otherwise decent people, are really reshaim? And even if one has bechira to change his ways, how is it rational to expect millions of people to suddenly abandon idol worship and believe in Hakadosh Baruch Hu? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 87
Category The Nations
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Jeshua deviated himself completely from torah and Shema.Thatīs what Christians will never understand . Am I right sir? I have just started studying Torah. Please tell me what "shulchan aruch" means . Anonymous, El Salvador
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Question No. 81
Category The Nations
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question My friend ask me that he knows about a non-Jewish girl which wants to join the Ku Klux Klan . Should we try to convince her not to? And if yes, how? Thank you
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Question No. 18
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question The suicide bombing Moslems, who do their dastardly deed "in the name of G-d", truly believe that what they are doing is right. They feel like they are being mekadesh shem shamayim (Sanctifying G-d's name) by murdering as many Jews as they can while making the ultimate self sacrifice by giving up their lives, and thereby sending themselves straight to Heaven. Does G-d when he judges them, take into consideration the fact that they all seem to be doing what they do leshaim shamayim (In the name of G-d)? C. S., Matityahu download   (116k)
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Question No. 12
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question There's something about the Bible that's been bothering me for a long time, and I was wondering if you could answer my question. There seems to be a curse in the Bible against black people, from the time of Noah and Ham. What does that mean? Are all black people cursed? What does the curse mean? How can I explain to my black friends that we Jews consider them "cursed"? Wasn't Moses married to a black woman (someone told me the Bible, in its original Hebrew, says he married an "isha kushite" which means a black woman? How can we understand that the Bible condones slavery, and doesn't let us even set a slave free? What are the differences between a Jewish slave and a Cananaite slave? Craig
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Question No. 6
Category The Nations
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question Why does the entire world seem to hate us? Why did the Christians hate us more in the past, and now it's the Moslems? Why are the Europeans so against us? Karen Rosenthal, Houston, TX  
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